Tuesday Trivia

Odd-Photo Prompt #2: Self-Help

Sometimes, a group of words can come at such the right moment that I just have to take a screenshot of it for repeat reading throughout the day.

I don’t have a lot of these but since the words aren’t as powerful to me anymore, this is another one for deletion from my iPhone’s treasury of odd photos (and screenshots).

But before that, maybe some of you might like it too so here it is:

self-help

Advertisements
Tuesday Trivia

Odd-Photo Prompt: Brains In My Lawn

I’ve been going through my phone’s photo album and realized that, not only do I take quadruplicate shots, I take so many pictures of odd, random stuff ๐Ÿค” Do you do this too?

Most of the time I do it because it sparks an inspiration for a blog post … but then I never get around to writing about it.

I figured before I delete all this ‘junk’, why not use it for its intended purpose and maybe learn a few things along the way! ๐Ÿ˜ (Nifty, eh?)

And so this week’s entry is the puffy puffball mushroom. Ta-daaaah!

puffball-mushroom

I remember coming out the front door one day and exclaiming to my daughter “there are brains on our lawn!” because it was the first time I had ever seen such ‘growth’ ๐Ÿ˜„

In making this blogpost I’ve found out that these are called puffballs (mayhaps Calvatia craniformis). Puffballs vary in size from 3″ in diameter to the size of a dog. Some puffballs are edible, one way to identify these is to slice them open and see if the flesh is white and solid. However, it’s best to consult a professional shroom connoisseur to avoid death byย  accidental shroom poisoning. ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ

When the puffball matures and is ready to spew its spores out into the world for the continuance of its species, it will turn brown and look like turd ๐Ÿ’ฉ

For our perusal, I have diligently documented this as well! ๐Ÿค—

dried-up-brains

And this is our odd-photo prompt of the week, the puffball mushroom ๐Ÿ™Œ

Tuesday Trivia

“Profound Wisdom” Gained While The Internet Was Down

cohesion-1156942_960_720

A little dystopia, anyone? ๐Ÿ˜ณ

No sooner had I declared my first weekly challenge for April when the internet – my connection to the outside world, my muse, my source of everything – went out. At first I thought it’d be for just an hour or two but – it lasted 27 agonizing hours.

The horror! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I experienced withdrawal symptoms, I’ll tell you that. I rely so much on the internet for everything – even the radio station I listen to every morning – that when it was gone it felt like I was in real solitary confinement.

Battling severe annoyance I resolved to be the bigger person (or thing) and use it as inspiration for a blog post. (Ha!)

So please find hereunder listed the profound wisdom I gained from those debilitating 27 hours sans connection o_O

  1. ย Don’t get everything from one provider – landline phone, cable TV, internet.

Getting everything from one provider is just plain s#*&! โ€ฆ err, not smart. It’s like your friends decided to abandon you all at the same time and you’re left there with just deafening silence.

ย 2.ย  This is for those who, like me, are on prepaid mobile phone credits: make sure your phone is loaded. Or know where to buy some. And make sure you have money on hand to do so.

So you can call or text somebody and know that you are not alone.

3.ย  Always download unto laptop whatever it is you are working on that is otherwise internet dependentย  – crochet projects, exercise videos & such.

I could only work on my crochet project up to a certain number of rows before I found myself unable to proceed because the pattern was on the net.ย  Ugh!

I could not do my wheel pose exercises because there was no YouTube.ย  Ugh!

My strength training exercises were only half as fun because my workout music is a playlist on YouTube. Ugh!

4.ย  You will experience symptoms of withdrawal – do not go into the light!

Read, organize closets, do not sulk or dwell, just divert attention anywhere but on the problem at hand.

Easier said than done but really, what else can you do?

5.ย  Cultivate a life away from your internet-dependent tech gadgets so that you are prepared when it happens.

I do try ๐Ÿ˜ณ

So there – learn from my experience, people!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

Now where was I?

Oh, the wheel pose – I’m behind by 2 days now for Pete’s sake! :/ :/

Tuesday Trivia

This Lovely Thing Called Batik

In the beginning, there was a dot …

My friend, who came to visit me about a week ago, was adamant about buying ‘batik‘ in Indonesia instead of in Malaysia or Singapore. I always assumed batik was a special type of cloth printed with intricate tribal-inspired designs. It therefor surprised me to be presented with ‘batik bali‘ by a shop owner which was basically just a cheerful yellow number with black polka dots.

“Oh, she’s probably pulling my ‘bule‘ leg” – I thought.ย  But I went home confused and thinking “now there’s something I should blog about” ๐Ÿ™‚

And so with the help of the internet, here are 10 things I found out about Batik – but you might want to view this video I found for you first:

  1. It is a technique of wax-resist dying applied to whole cloth or cloth made using this technique.
  2. To make batik, selected areas of the cloth are blocked out by brushing or drawing hot wax over them, and the cloth is then dyed. The parts covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original colour. This process of waxing and dyeing can be repeated to create more elaborate and colourful designs.
  3. Batik is found in many other Asian countries but the Indonesian batik is the best known. (my friend did her homework!)
  4. Indonesian batik made in Java is the most developed in terms of pattern, technique and the quality of workmanship.
  5. UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on October 2009.
  6. The word batik originates from the Javanese word “tik” which means “little dots” or “to dot”, and the word “ambatik” which means a cloth with little dots.
  7. It’s believed by some experts that batik might have originally been reserved for Javanese royalty since certain patterns were reserved to be worn only by royalty from the Sultan’s palace.
  8. Batik cloth must be of natural materials like cotton or silk so that it can absorb the wax. The cloth must also be of high thread count to maintain batik’s intricate design qualities.
  9. Major batik designs are the “kawung” which consists of intersecting circles, “ceplok” consisting of geometric designs, and “parang” consisting of slanting rows of knife-like segments running in parallel diagonal bands.
  10. The evolution of Indonesian batik has been influenced by exposure to foreign cultures. Batik Indonesia, also known as Batik Modern, is made of bright colors and was influenced by Indonesia’s freedom from Dutch colonial rule.

Sources:

So I was right about it being of “intricate” design.ย  I best go back to that shop owner and haggle now that I am armed with new knowledge ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh but wait, I’m not really into polka dots XD XD

batik dresses
my daughter’s own stash o’ loveliness ๐Ÿ˜€